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Can I get Financial Aid at Hallmark University?

Yes. Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans b

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and C

How long are your class semesters/terms?

Our terms are 8 weeks long. This allows us to have 6 terms a year so there is no need to wait to apply.

Is Hallmark a 2 year or 4 year University?

We offer associate, bachelor, and master level degrees. We are not a trade school and we offer degrees which are found at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities. The biggest difference is that our degrees can be completed in nearly half the time of traditional universities.

Grow in CyberWith a Master's Degree

The Master of Science in Cybersecurity degree is designed to give you the professional training to combat the rise of cybersecurity attacks at a high level and excel in your career. The growing attacks like database thefts and defacements and existential risks are threatening organizational and network integrity. This degree gives graduates the training at every level from field-based to senior executive to eliminate these threats.

Fast-Paced Graduate Program

Students earning their M.S. in Cybersecurity will complete the program in just over 12 months, paving the way for their promising future as a leader in the cybersecurity field.

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12.5 Month
Master's Degree

$17,820
Tuition

Expert
Faculty

Expert FacultyShape Our Curriculum

Our Cybersecurity program faculty and subject matter experts come from a range of backgrounds in the cybersecurity industry, from private, Fortune 100 companies to government D.o.D. projects. You can expect a curriculum that is consistently in alignment with current industry trends.

Jason Edwards IT Faculty
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Cybersecurity Managers are Needed

Cybersecurity CenterIT AND CYBERSECURITY MANAGERS HAVE AN ESTIMATED JOB GROWTH OF 12% FROM 2016 TO 2026 AND A MEDIAN SALARY OF $153,120.

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Growth
Computer and Information Systems Manager positions are growing nearly 50% faster than all occupations combined.

The outlook is promising for those looking to further their career into IT management, as industry job growth is projected at 12% for 2016-26, which is greater than the 7% average of all occupations combined.

Data gathered from BLS.gov

Job Outlook Graph Cybersecurity
SALARY OUTLOOK
Salaries for Computer and Information Systems Managers are nearly 4x the average of all occupations combined.

The BLS reports that IT and Cyber Managers median annual wages are $153,120 which is drastically better than the total of all occupations at $37,690. The highest 10% earned more than $208,000 highlighting the promising future these managers have.

Data gathered from BLS.gov

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Salary Graph Cyber MS
Changing Education ByMaking It Affordable

Our commitment to changing education does not end at innovative programs and student experience. We are committed to making education affordable by offering programs at a competitive tuition cost with a unique value proposition – spend less time in school, and more time making money.

CREDIT HOUR COST

Our MS in Cybersecurity program has a credit hour cost of just $495. This low cost highlights our commitment to making graduate programs accessible to more working adults and others wanting to take the next step in their career.

MS Cybersecurity Cost Comparison
Tuition Costs

Cost Per Credit HourTotal Credit HoursTotal Tuition Cost
$49536$17,820

*Tuition does not include any additional fees

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial aid is available.

Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans benefits.

Learn more about financial options at Hallmark University.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Hallmark University is a nationally accredited, co-educational facility with two campuses, both located in San Antonio, Texas. Both schools are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Texas Veterans Commission approves Hallmark University to train veterans. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approves Hallmark University, College of Aeronautics. Hallmark University does not deny admission to or participation in programs and activities or discriminate against students enrolled at the university on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, disability (including students who have Hepatitis B in medical, nursing, and any health-related programs), national origin, or religion.
Hallmark uses college-level placement exams containing reading, writing, and algebra skills to schedule students in the appropriate courses. The assessment can be completed at the student’s pace. All exams are computer-based and will be scored upon completion.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Graduate program applicants are required to provide an official transcript showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from an approved accredited institution.  All admissions documentation must be received by the University prior to the school’s acceptance of the student and execution of the enrollment agreement. The applicant must be 18 years of age or older, or if under the age of 18, a parent/guardian’s signature is required for entrance to Hallmark University.  Applicants will be considered for acceptance and presented to the Acceptance Committee for approval once they have completed the following:

  • Interview with Admission Representative
  • Completed a Hybrid Readiness Evaluation (Main Campus Only)
  • Completed the Risk Assessment Questionnaire
  • Met the qualifying assessment/entrance score on all applicable entrance examinations and/or assessments
  • Paid the required application fee
  • Submitted a signed Enrollment Agreement
  • All admissions documentation must be received by the University prior to enrollment and final acceptance of the applicant.
  • A certificate of release or discharge from active military duty (DD Form 214) indicating high school graduation or equivalent
  • A certificate of Record of Military Processing, U.S. DD Form 1966/1 indicating high school graduation or equivalent
  • An official college transcript that indicates the applicant has graduated from high school

The applicant is notified of acceptance once he/she has and has been approved by the Acceptance Committee. Applicants denied entrance by the Acceptance Committee, will have all application fees paid refunded.

  • MS Cyber Specific Requirements

    In addition to the general admissions requirements, for favorable admissions consideration to the Master of Science in Cyber Security (MSCyber) program, an applicant must meet specific criteria outlined in following entrance requirements:

    1. Graduates of Hallmark University’s BSIS or BSCS degree programs with at least a C cumulative average have no additional requirements.
    2. Other-than Hallmark University IT/Cyber graduates; verification of completion of a technology degree from an accredited university such as computer information systems, computer science, information sciences, database administration, and software engineering will need a minimum of two years’ experience preferably in one of the eight CISSP domains of (1) security and risk management, (2) asset security, (3) security architecture and engineering, (4) communication and network security, (5) identity and access management, (6) security assessment and testing, (7) security operations, and (8) software development.
    3. For MSCyber candidates not having one of a technology undergraduate degree, experience in one or more of the technology domains in #2 above needs to be for a period minimum of three years.
    4. For MSCyber candidates who do not meet the experience requirements, they must possess and present one or more active intermediate or higher-level technology certifications that can be substituted for work experience.
    5. Current resume required.
    6. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher may be admitted in good standing
    7. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 – 2.99 may be admitted under caution; NOTE If potential students have earned a minimum of 12 hours of graduate coursework, this may be used to evaluate a student’s initial academic standing.

    Admissions personnel will evaluate previously completed coursework for eligibility to transfer credit. The Associate Dean of the School of  Information Technology and Cyber Security has the authorization to make exceptions to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity requirements on a provisional case-by-case basis.

MS Cybersecurity Program Outline
Courses
  • MS Cybersecurity
    Course #Course Title
    MGT 5335

    Problem Solving and Decision Making

    Students will examine essential steps leading a group to consider relevant factors in an unbiased manner, as well as techniques to begin to seek, sort, and interpret pertinent data. They will also examine indicators to identify and dismiss destructive factors in problem-solving, including decision traps, unconscious bias, personal-opinion assessments, discarding the likely impact of risk elements, and addressing overt demands for urgency and the addition of non-essential expectations. Students will examine the role and application of data analytics and qualitative research as means and methods to employ in responsible decision-making. Course content will include contemporary issues. The character traits of agility and integrity are essential to this study.

    CYS 5331

    Cyberlaw, Regulations, and Compliance

    Cyberlaw, regulations, and compliance prepares students to participate in legal analysis of relevant cyber laws and address governance, standards, policies, and legislation. Students will conduct a security risk analysis for an enterprise system. In addition, students will determine cyber requirements for third‐party vendor agreements. Students will also evaluate provisions of both the 2001 and 2006 USA PATRIOT Acts.

    MGT 5334

    Ethics, Integrity, and Social Responsibility

    This course examines social and corporate responsibility as a strategy to improve products, profits, and brand equity. This course provides a short historical review examining why laws, regulations and other rules were set into place to address less-than-responsible organizational behavior. The character traits of stewardship and dependability are essential to this study. The content of the course will challenge students to think preventively and discard assumptions that might lead to avoidable organizational vulnerabilities, as well as to research options and propose opportunities that build up corporate social responsibility. The character traits of integrity and dependability are essential to this study.

    CYS 5334

    Secure Network Design

    Secure Network Design covers topics for designing and protecting computer networks. Course topics emphasize secure physical and logical network architecture design for both wired and wireless networks. Secure Network Design provides students the opportunity to recognize secure network characteristics, apply techniques to securely configure network devices, propose network segmentation strategies, perform root cause analysis, and recommend mitigation approaches based on industry best practices. There are no prerequisites for this course.

    CYS 5335

    Secure Software Design

    Secure Software Design focuses on the variety of elements needed to address and implement secure software acquisition and development throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). It covers the end-to-end principles and addresses people, technology (tools), and processes to design and develop consistently secure applications. Additionally, this course underscores the importance and value of the defense in depth principle across the entire SDLC. Finally, this course introduces techniques to adapt common security activities to modern software development practices, including Agile/Scrum and DevOps. There are no prerequisites for this course.

    ITS 5331

    Emerging Technologies

    Examines science-based innovations with the potential to either create or transform a constellation: emerging technologies may involve either a single discovery or a bundle of innovations that converge to create a new technological system. This course focuses on the emergence of technology from basic research to implementation that includes the proliferation of cloud use by organizations of all sizes and industries. Seminar format, case-study preparation, presentation, and cooperative learning are defining characteristics of this course.

    CYS 5337

    Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

    Supervisory control and data acquisition systems are used to control many utility networks, chemical plants, pipelines and many other types of industries. This course will examine the vulnerabilities associated with these systems and discuss how they can be made secure from outside attack. Fundamentals of software-controlled processes will also be discussed.

    CYS 5332

    Cyber Risk Management

    Content focuses on categorizing levels of risk and understanding how risk can impact the operations of the business through a scenario involving the creation of a risk management program and business continuity program for a company and a business situation reacting to a crisis/disaster situation affecting the company.

    CYS 5338

    Advanced Cyber Defense Seminar

    This course delves into the real-world battlefield of cyberspace. It covers the history of cyberwarfare and the variety of new concerns its emergence has fostered. This course explores how cyber warfare has become an important part of the modern military arsenal and provides strategies for protecting a threatened network, as well as strategies for dealing with specific cyber war actors and threats. It then concludes with an exploration of the future of cyber warfare considering the evolution of cyber-related capabilities, current threats, and emerging technology.

    CYS 5336

    Forensics and Network Intrusion

    Forensics and Network Intrusion builds proficiency in detecting hacking attacks and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks. Topics include computer forensics in today’s world; media and operating system forensics; data and file forensics; audits and investigations; and device forensics. This course prepares students for the following certification exam: EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator. This course has no prerequisites.

    CYS 5333

    Security Policies and Standards - Best Practices

    This course focuses on the practices of planning and implementing organization-wide security and assurance initiatives as well as auditing assurance processes.

    CYS 6339

    Cybersecurity Capstone Project

    This course provides faculty guidance in the preparation of material to completely satisfy the requirements to earn a graduate degree. This includes clarification of general program expectations, familiarization with research resources, presentation of models of effective policy and administrative analytical reports, and provision of basic support in a structured environment of feedback. Through this course, the student will develop abilities to do independent research using the concepts and tools of learned throughout the program. The principal assignment is to undertake a research project and to produce and present a senior-level thesis. Hallmark University’s Academic Department leaders expect that the papers will be professionally written, structured, and organized. Students must support provided information with appropriate data and evidence and reveal a command of the field of leadership and concepts that he or she has acquired in the course of their course of study.

Can I get Financial Aid at Hallmark University?

Yes. Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans b

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and C

How long are your class semesters/terms?

Our terms are 8 weeks long. This allows us to have 6 terms a year so there is no need to wait to apply.

Is Hallmark a 2 year or 4 year University?

We offer associate, bachelor, and master level degrees. We are not a trade school and we offer degrees which are found at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities. The biggest difference is that our degrees can be completed in nearly half the time of traditional universities.